If you guessed Kayla, you are right.
Kayla* is an incredible young woman, and if you met her, she would remind you of your niece, your daughter, your grandchild. Kayla has come a very long way since November 2022 when she moved into Unity Care housing. Her path included living in an environment of addiction, experiencing the suicide of a parent, and ultimately finding herself out on the streets when she turned 18.
One in four foster youth ends up homeless
Kayla’s story is – sadly – very common, as thousands of youth age out of foster care In the California and the Bay Area each year, and face homelessness, addiction, food insecurity, and a high risk of entering the justice system.
More than one in four foster youth have experienced at least one night of homelessness**.
Kayla found shelter with Unity Care
It wasn’t until November 2022, when Kayla moved into Unity Care housing, that she experienced an environment of support and care. Today, she lives independently, has an internship with a non-profit that serves women in recovery, and looks like any other thriving young adult.
From crisis to care
Unity Care provides transitional youth with stable living along with the keys to lifelong success, through educational counseling, career coaching, financial workshops, and mental health support.
Help us give more young people like Kayla a path from crisis to care.
Thank you for your generosity.
Every dollar matters.
Your support - of any kind - matters. Here are five ways to give:
Any amount will help…from $100 that buys a pair of jeans and sneakers for a foster youth, to a $10,000 gift that funds rent in shared supportive housing. Fill out the form on this page to give.
We all have the stack of cards we were gifted and will never use. Consider donating them to Unity Care! Click here to have a Unity Care program manager contact you.
Corporate matching gifts
If your employer matches gifts to nonprofit organizations, you can
increase your cash donation just by asking them to support Unity Care.
Stocks and bonds
Support underserved youth by making a tax-free transfer of stocks or bonds…and avoid capital gains.
Reach out to your tax advisor when making a gift of this nature. Our tax identification number is _77-0323115_. Learn more here.
IRA-qualified charitable donations
If you are 70½ years old or over, consider excluding up to $100,000 from gross income for donations
paid directly to Unity Care from your IRA. This satisfies any IRA-required minimum distributions for the year. Learn more here.
Together, let’s provide a brighter future for foster youth who deserve to become thriving adults in our community.
Unity Care is making a difference … thanks to you!
On any given night, that’s how many young people who have experienced foster care will have a warm bed in stable housing thanks to the Unity Care programs that you support.
Of the youth who graduate from Unity Care programs are working or on track towards securing employment; 83% are on track towards their educational goals; 85% report that they are experiencing emotional, physical and spiritual well-being; and a remarkable 97% have made meaningful connections with at least one adult committed to their success.
Of our housing placements have been filled by referral – meaning that youth who have thrived in our programs are referring their friends to Unity Care.
By the middle of next year, we expect to have increased our capacity to nearly 250 young people placed in safe shelters and are on track to get to – and quite possibly exceed – our goal of housing 300 youth by 2026!
** The identity of the young person has been anonymized to protect their privacy.